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Obituary for Robert Hammond Smith
Robert was born on the fourth of July in Wilkinsburg, PA to Avery B. Smith and Roberta Bennington Smith. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Georgette; sons Robert Smith Jr. (Karen) and James Smith (Lucy) and daughters Mary Cabral (Ray) and Luann Jones, sister Margaret Mapes of Medford OR and 8 grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Avery B. and Roberta Smith; by his brother James B. Smith, sister Joan L. Oliver and son in law Lewis Jones. Robert grew up primarily in Uniontown, PA and graduated from South Union High School. At the onset of WWII, Robert joined the U.S. Marines. He was the radio man in a tank crew in the 4th division. He fought in several Pacific Theater battles including: Kwajalein Atoll, Saipan, Tinian and the battle of Iwo Jima. He remembered seeing the flag raised at Iwo Jima on Mt Suribachi, and the effect it had on those fighting below. After the war, Robert attended Carnegie Institute of Technology on the G.I. Bill and graduated in three years with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He married his college sweetheart, the former Georgette Paljug in 1955. The newlyweds moved to southern California where Robert worked as an electrical engineer in the aerospace industry for many years. Their four children were born and raised in Pacific Palisades and later Westlake Village, CA. Robert and Georgette retired to Vacaville, CA in 1995 where they lived for 17 years. They were members of St Joseph parish and enjoyed visiting their children and grandchildren. They also enjoyed traveling to the Marines 4th division reunion activities. A visitation and rosary will be said on Thursday, Oct 29 from 5-8 pm at Milton Carpenter Funeral Home, 569 N. First St, Dixon, CA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, October 30th at 10:30 am at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B St, Davis, CA. Interment will follow at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery at 1:00p.m. Memorial donations may be made to St. James Parish at 1275 B St in Davis or to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.